Following his outstanding performance at Tata Steel, Magnus Carlsen gave an in-depth interview with Bangkok Chess Club Open regular GM Jan Gustafsson. 32 minutes into the interview Jan asked him about his plans: Magnus Carlsen: I would really love to play something before late April… I’m very open to suggestions.” Jan Gustafsson: “Thailand Open is early April, I can put in a good word for you.” MC: (laughing) “Sure.” Watch the whole interview on chess24 (https://chess24.com/en/live/video/interview-with-magnus-carlsen)
Whether the World Champion comes or not, there will be some great players there including regulars Jan Gustafsson and Nigel Short. At time of writing there are 20 Grandmasters registered. Join them and other players from more than 28 different countries for Asia’s finest open tournament, this April in Bangkok’s luxury Centara Grand Hotel.
We are delighted to announce that the 19th Bangkok Chess Club Open Chess Championships will take place 6–14 April 2019 at the Centara Grand Ladprao.
Centara Grand is a luxury hotel close to Chatuchak Park and the popular Chatuchak Weekend Market, easily accessible by Skytrain and MRT. Here’s what they say on their website:
Bangkok is one of the intriguing cities of Asia; a place of glittering temples, a diverse cultural heritage, a majestic river, a myriad of exquisite dining opportunities and fabulous shopping options, and an energy that makes everything possible 24 hours a day. Located on the northern side of Bangkok, within the Ladprao business district and moments away from Chatuchak Park, the hotel is one of the city’s timeless landmarks.
Fully renovated to a modern and inviting style and re-opened in 2012, Thailand’s very first integrated five-star hotel and shopping destination has a reputation for attentive service, sublime dining and modern accommodations.
Integral to the hotel is the Bangkok Convention Centre Hall and the Central Plaza shopping and lifestyle complex, together offering all that is needed for guests staying in Bangkok on leisure or business. The hotel features extensive meetings and events facilities spanning over 10,000 square metres and complementing those of the adjacent 2,506-square-metre Bangkok Convention Centre Hall which can accommodate up to 3,800 persons in cocktail style and is serviced by separate kitchens. The hotel’s elegant, pillar-less Vibhavadee Ballroom can serve 2,000 for a reception, dazzling wedding party or product launch; and there also is a collection of 17 fully-equipped suites and boardrooms.
Tournament details here. For more information on the hotel, please visit their website.
Missing Pattaya? Here’s your chance! The inaugural Pattaya Open will take place this October at the Bay Beach Resort. The format is based on the Bangkok Chess Club’s international open tournament, although we are not involved in the organisation.
Please note: this is not a Bangkok Chess Club event. More details and registration are available at www.101chessacademy.com